16 Things You Should be Cleaning But Aren’t

You can’t possibly clean every single thing in your life, but here are 32 things you probably haven’t cleaned that maybe should have been cleaned like, a long time ago.

1.Hairbrushes

They get really dirty and can be cleaned easily with another comb.  Every once in a while, use a bowl of warm water and shampoo and clean that hair brush.  Great ideas at RealSimple.com.

2.Toothbrushes
They clean our teeth so that must mean they’re clean, too right? WRONG. Check out how the Health Extremist cleans her toothbrushes.

3.The Toothbrush Holder

Have you looked at yours lately? I just looked at mine and….. sheesh… looks like I need to take a tip from

Cafe Mom and clean it with some hot water and mouthwash.

4.Vacuum Filters

You spend time cleaning with it, but have you considered your vacuum might be causing some of the dust? You can send the filter through by itself in the dishwasher and it should do wonders for the cleanliness of your house. A Girl and Her Needle nailed it with this idea.

5.Trashcans

I pointed this one out to us and boy are we sorry we didn’t think of this before! Um, hello?  Isn’t that where we stick all of our garbage?

6.Your Phone. How To Geek has some great pointers on how best to clean your phone, and why. Check it out!

7.Shower Curtains

They exist in a perpetually humid room, which is the perfect setting for all those nasty bacteria that get you sick. Clean My Space has some great step-by-step instructions on how to get that shower curtain liner clean.

8.TV remotes and game controllers

Your hands are one of the dirtiest places on your body regardless of how many times you wash your hands a day. And because we use them so frequently, the TV remote and our game controllers can get straight up nasty. There’s a great product you can find at Amazon that is specifically designed to help you clean in between the cracks of your remote.

9.Your Steering Wheel

If it’s plastic you’re safe to use a disinfecting wipe. If it’s leather you probably should use a leather cleaner or something like that. Be sure to get everywhere your hands touch, including the blinker handle and gearshift. Go to Popular Mechanics for more information.

10.Pop Up Sink Stoppers

There is definitely more hair down there than you think there will be. It’s inevitable. HowToWithGEO has a great video tutorial on how to get it taken care of.

11.Bathtub Drains

Again with the hair, but worse. Giraffe Legs conquered her fear of the bathtub drain and so can you! Go to her site for the full story.

12.Faucet Aerators

You know that screen on your faucet that helps control the flow of water? You can clean that! And you probably need to! The Family Handyman has an easy to follow tutorial on how it’s done.

13.Bathroom Exhaust Fan

(or any exhaust fan for that matter). A quick once over with a can of pressurized air should do the trick, or you can take it apart and clean it like Jillee did at

One Good Thing. Go to her site to see how she did it!

14.AC/Heating Vents

Clean air vents in your house means you have cleaner air, and that you’ll be so much healthier breathing cleaner air. How Stuff Works has amazing instructions on how to get those vents good and clean.

15.Earbuds and headphones are another one of those things that you use every day and probably never clean. In some cases, this lack of cleaning has led to ear infections. Popsugar tells you just what to look out for and how to get those cleaner than when you took them out of the box.

16.Bath Toys are another one of those things in greater danger of growing mold  because of the wet environment they exist in. Because of this you should probably be cleaning these more regularly than you are and making sure they get dried after every bath. We Love Being Moms showed us the process she went through to get it clean and what she did to prevent it later.

You can’t possibly clean every single thing in your life, but here are 32 things you probably haven’t cleaned that maybe should have been cleaned like, a long time ago.

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